Students in university classes are believed to have grown up with new technologies but it is essential to understand the impact of the implementation of technology in the academic setting. This quantitative st udy investigated the students’ views on the use of an eBook as textbook in an ICT course, as well as the determinants of individual students’ intentions to use the eBook. The study makes use of the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT). Four months after an eBook had been introduced, a questionnaire was completed by 738 first-year students in an ICT course. Results indicate positive views about the eBook but these students in South Africa are not your typical Net generation, since there is a slight inclination towards an old-fashioned textbook. It was further found that students' intentions are highly influenced by their attitude toward using technology, performance expectancy, and facilitating conditions, whereas effort expectancy and self-efficacy have a moderate correlation with intention and anxiety has a small negative influence.

Published in: London International Conference on Education (LICE-2016)

  • Date of Conference: 14-17 November 2016
  • DOI: 10.2053/LICE.2016.0052
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-76-6
  • Conference Location: Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel, UK